The 6 Coolest Things Coming Up (Like, starting tomorrow)

Internationally cool
Ana Teresa Fernández at DAM, Wednesday, May 3
Artist Ana Teresa Fernández is best-known for creating installations that have her painting over sections of the oppressive border fences that separate the U.S. and Mexico (and, you know, the families that live on either side). And she does it in high heels and a little black dress as a kind of fuck you to the people who built it. She’s one of the stars of DAM’s smash “Mi Terra” and a crazy good speaker.


WTF? cool

The Temple’s new lecture series, The Temple, April 25-May 1

I say” “Lecture.” You say “No thanks.” But this series really is different than the others and totally irresistible, teaming artists who studio out of The Temple project spaces with a number of Denver’s “rabble-rousing change agents.” So you get George P. Perez, who is photographing all 10,347 trees in Five Points, paired with veteran architect and urban planner Richard Farley and talking about gentrification (tomorrow!, April 25), and you get artists Katie Caron, Ann Cunningham and Nathan Abels talking about how they make art for blind people (Tuesday, May 2); and you get artists Eden Myles and Will Meier talking with the audience while they battle over an actual game of chess (Tuesday, May 16). 
PlatteForum hosts and co-sponsors.


Unselfishly cool
The Cherry Creek Bridge Project Pop-Up Show, Dateline, Saturday, April 29, noon- 9 p.m.
Artist Eric Shumake turned his discontent with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s  street sweeping of homeless people into an art project. He painted all 28 of the bridges over the Cherry Creek trail, where people without a home often turn for shelter. He’s showing them all together for one time only this weekend and selling them off ($300 bucks!) to benefit the Harm Reduction Action Center, which works to “curb the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C, and accidental overdoses among people who inject drugs.” Support this.


Eternally cool

Calder: Monumental, Denver Botanic Gardens, Friday, April 28 – September 24
The Denver Botanic Gardens’ Alexander Calder retrospective is as good as it gets here. Calder was a giant of 20th century modernism and this exhibit gathers eight of his stabiles and one mobile and spreads them among the plants and flowers that call DBG home. This isn’t some traveling rental. It’s home-grown and exclusive and you won’t see it anywhere else.


Architecturally cool
Doors Open Denver, various locations, Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30

Curator Cortney Lane Stell is working with Doors Open Denver again this year and that means a creative mash-up of art and architecture is in the works — all free and all accessible all day Saturday and Sunday. The key spots are looking like Castle Marne, which will host some don’t-miss visual and performance works, and Union Station, which will show off a series of coifs, designed by the hair maestros from El Salon and Matthew Morris Salon, based on iconic, local structures. Kinda psyched about the hair-do based on DIA. Kinda scared of the one inspired by the Brown Palace.


Dangerously cool

Megan Gafford, “Traces, One Night Pop-Up Exhibition,” David B. Smith Gallery,  Friday, April 28, 7-9 p.m.
I don’t know, half of me thinks it would be wise to stay away from an exhibit that “exposes viewers to low doses of gamma radiation emitted from live uranium ore, enabling one to observe the imperceptible.” But the other half of me can’t resist. The third half just kind of likes Megan Gafford’s work and wants to see what other surprises she has in mind as she explores our relationship with un-friendly elements.









  1. Ray, Great list! May I suggest you need to include links to the events/orgs in pieces like this to make easy for readers to click through and get more info.


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